Offshore Wind Projects Receive Boost from Massachusetts and Biden Administration

LCG, March 31, 2021--The Governor of Massachusetts signed legislation last Friday that authorizes the state to direct utilities to purchase an additional 2,400 MW of offshore wind energy by 2027.

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NV Energy's Greenlink Nevada Transmission Project Approved by PUCN

LCG, March 25, 2021--The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) on Monday approved proceeding with NV Energy's Greenlink Nevada transmission and renewable energy initiative. NV Energy's planned investment in Greenlink is over $2.5 billion.

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Industry News

Outlook Questionable for LG&E's Participation in the Midwest ISO

LCG, December 29, 2004--Earlier this month LG&E Energy LLC notified the Midwest ISO (MISO) that its Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities subsidiaries plan to withdraw from the regional transmission organization (RTO). LG&E Energy conducted a cost-benefit analysis and estimates that its utilities would save over $65 million over the next five years by leaving the MISO, even after incorporating an exit fee of $23.8 million.

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) began an investigation earlier this year into the utilities joining the MISO, and a hearing is scheduled to begin after February 1, 2005. The costs to LG&E utilities for participating in the MISO, estimated to be $7 million for retail customers, can not be added to utility bills prior to PSC approval.

Estimating the costs and benefits related to establishing and operating regional transmission organizations is an on-going concern. In neighboring Virginia, state legislation required utilities, such as Virginia Power, to join an RTO, thus making cost-benefit analyses somewhat a moot issue. To support the development of RTOs, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released a study in October designed to estimate the cost of developing a "Day One RTO" that meets the minimum requirements of the FERC's Order 2000. Given the unique nature of each of the limited number of existing RTOs, the FERC's review of actual cost data showed considerable cost differences between RTOs.

The MISO has been conducting training and testing for its new market structure, which includes locational marginal pricing (LMP), and the market is planned to open on March 1, 2005.

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